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Archives for October 2013

Work Underway On New Pipeline To Supply More Water To Southern San Luis Obispo County

Thu, October 24, 2013

Work is now officially underway on a project intended to ship water from northern Santa Barbara County, to an area where groundwater is being depleted in Southern San Luis Obispo County. The $17.5 million dollar pipeline project will move water from Santa Maria to the Nipomo groundwater basin. The Nipomo Community Services District is going Read the Rest…


Woman Killed While Walking On Ventura County Highway Identified

Thu, October 24, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a woman who was struck, and killed by a big rig while walking on a highway in Ventura County. Olga Guzman died early Tuesday morning when she was hit on the eastbound Highway 126, between Ventura and Santa Paula near Edwards Ranch Road.  The CHP received reports the 77 year old Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara Resident Accused Of Molesting Relatives

Thu, October 24, 2013

A former Santa Barbara resident is now behind bars in Santa Barbara County, after police detectives say he repeatedly molested two young relatives. Manuel Peter Munoz of Santa Barbara is accused of molesting a six year old, and a 12 year old boy between 2007, and 2009.  Detectives say he lived in the same home Read the Rest…


State Senator Who Authored New Law To Regulate Oil Industry Fracking Speaks In Ventura

Thu, October 24, 2013

A State Senator from our region authored the first major law in California to regulate, and monitor the controversial oil industry process known as fracking. Yesterday, some of Ventura County’s leaders in efforts to regulate the process got their first chance to hear details of the new law from the senator. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


Longtime Affordable Housing Advocate In Ventura County Dies

Thu, October 24, 2013

A man who was a tireless advocate for affordable housing in Ventura County has died. Rodney Fernandez was one of the founders of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation The three decade old organization has created more than 1500 housing units in the region over its history. He appeared on KCLU many times over the years, Read the Rest…


Future Of Nuclear Power Plants In Wake Of Japanese Tsunami Disaster Focus Of Community Forums In Santa Barbara Today

Thu, October 24, 2013

The future of nuclear power plants in the wake of the tsunami caused disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is the focus of some community forums in Santa Barbara today. A Fukushima survivor, a nuclear scientist, and an environmentalist are among the panelists set for the two panels sponsored by the Santa Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Maria To Extend Use Of Emergency Shelter For Fire Victims

Thu, October 24, 2013

The City of Santa Maria says people burned out of their homes in a hotel fire will be able to continue using an emergency shelter in the city through November 1st. A Red Cross shelter was opened at the Minami Community Center following the October 12th blaze at the Town Center Inn, which caused an Read the Rest…


Police Investigating Possibility Fatal Shooting Of Ventura Man Is Gang Related

Thu, October 24, 2013

Police detectives say they are now investigating the possibility that the shooting death of a man in Ventura is gang related. Ventura police say Leonard Lopez was walking near the intersection of Ramona Street, and Ventura Avenue Tuesday night when a dark colored SUV with four men inside stopped near him.  One of the men Read the Rest…


Bedbug Infestation Displaces Dozens Of Ventura Residents

Wed, October 23, 2013

A 30 unit apartment complex in Ventura has been closed by a bedbug infestation, one severe enough that the first treatment to clean it up didn’t work. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports the shutdown has displaced more than three dozen residents. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Bedbug Infestation


Vehicle Plunges Hundreds Of Feet Off Ventura County Highway; Body Of Man Found Nearby

Wed, October 23, 2013

Authorities are investigating the death of a Ventura County man, whose body was found outside of a van which tumbled off a mountain road in a remote area of Ventura County. The CHP received a report of a vehicle going over the side of a road on Sunday, but it wasn’t until Monday that it Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Approve Reduced Version Of Controversial Mine Expansion Proposal

Wed, October 23, 2013

It’s a controversy in Ventura County which pitted one city against another, and had residents and officials upset. A mine in the mountains between Fillmore, and Moorpark sought an extension, and expansion of its 15 year long operating permit with the county. The County Planning Commission reviewed, and approved the project, but the City of Read the Rest…


South Coast Neighborhood Gets New Police Station

Wed, October 23, 2013

A South Coast neighborhood where crime has been a major concern has a new police station, intended to help boost the presence of law enforcement in the area. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  New Santa Barbara Police Station


Man Fatally Wounded In Ventura Shooting

Wed, October 23, 2013

One man is dead, following a shooting in Ventura. It happened just after 9:30 last night, near the intersection of Ramona Street, and Ventura Avenue. Ventura police say a man was walking down the street when a dark colored SUV with four men inside stopped near him.  One of the men got out of the Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Starting Duplex Fire in Lompoc While Making Drugs

Wed, October 23, 2013

Investigators say a drug manufacturing operation caused a fire which left several people homeless in Lompoc. The fire yesterday afternoon was at a duplex on the 800 block of East Airport Avenue.  One unit was gutted, but firefighters were able to save the other unit. One firefighter suffered minor injuries fighting the fire. Yesterday evening, Read the Rest…


Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Secretary Of Defense Among Scheduled Participants In National Defense Forum In Ventura County

Tue, October 22, 2013

A forum on defense is going to bring the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, The Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and other top military, and civilian defense leaders to Ventura County. The Reagan National Defense Forum will take place November 16th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Read the Rest…


Woman Stuck, Killed While Walking On Freeway In Ventura County

Tue, October 22, 2013

The CHP says a woman is dead, after she was struck while walking on a Ventura County highway early this morning. It happened at around 4 a.m., on Highway 126 between Ventura, and Santa Paula. Witnesses told the CHP than the woman was walking on the lanes of the eastbound freeway near Edwards Ranch Road Read the Rest…


Illegal Tobacco Sales To Minors In Santa Barbara County Nearly Triple State Average

Tue, October 22, 2013

Undercover operations show that tobacco sales to minors dropped last year in Santa Barbara County, yet the latest numbers are still close to triple the statewide average. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Tobacco Sales


Federal Agency Declines To Put Bird in Channel Islands On Endangered Species List

Tue, October 22, 2013

A type of bird found in the Channel Islands which has been the focus of concern because of its low population numbers isn’t going to make the Endangered Species List. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been reviewing the Ashy Storm-Petrel a medium sized, dark gray bird with a long forked trail, and webbed Read the Rest…


Fate Of Charter School In Santa Barbara County Focus Of Discussion

Tue, October 22, 2013

Santa Barbara School District leaders are set to talk about the future of a charter school, because of a number of operational concerns. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story:  Charter School Review


Bicyclist Struck By Car, And Killed In Oxnard Identified

Tue, October 22, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man who was struck, and killed while riding a bicycle in Oxnard. Police say Daniel Martinez Meza was riding in the northbound bicycle lane of Rose Avenue, near Auto Center Drive at around eight yesterday morning when he was struck by a northbound car which was changing lanes to get Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara, Ventura County Researchers Working To Solve Mystery Of Giant Fish Washing Up On Beaches

Tue, October 22, 2013

Some South Coast researchers are trying to help unravel a mystery off the Southern California coastline that’s grabbed international headlines. Not one, but two extremely rare fish that can grow to more than dozens of feet long have washed up in less than a week on Southland beaches. A UCSB researcher, and a Ventura County Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Convicted Of Killing In Love Triangle

Tue, October 22, 2013

A Ventura County man with a long criminal record could spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of fatally shooting a friend as the result of a love triangle. Daniel Wildman was convicted of first degree murder, and two other related counts  for the September, 2010 killing of Darren Ziegler in Read the Rest…


Heritage Oaks Bancorp Buying Out Mission Community Bank

Tue, October 22, 2013

One San Luis Obispo County bank is buying out a local competitor. Heritage Oaks Bancorp is buying Mission Community Bank of San Luis Obispo for $8 million dollars and cash, and 7.5 million shares of Heritage Oaks stock, in a deal valued at $56 million dollars. Heritage Oaks, which is based in Paso Robles, has Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Reminds Registered Sex Offenders About Halloween Restrictions They Face

Mon, October 21, 2013

One Ventura County community is gearing up for Halloween by checking up on registered sex offenders, and reminding them they are not allowed to have decorations in their yards, and can’t pass out treats to kids. The City of Simi Valley has an ordinance intended to restrict contact among the registered offenders with children. Over Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At New Septic System Guidelines To Meet State Requirements

Mon, October 21, 2013

Tighter regulations are on the way for rural homes in Santa Barbara County which have home septic systems, and that will be the focus of a series of community meetings. The State Water Resources Control Board recently adopted statewide regulations, and the county is developing a countywide management program to help meet the new standards. Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman From Ventura County Named To New Criminal Justice Panel

Mon, October 21, 2013

A state assemblyman from Ventura County has been named to a new committee looking at California’s controversial prison overcrowding reduction efforts. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo will serve on the California State Assembly’s new Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment.  The committee will look at the effort known as realignment, which is keeping some lower Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Set To Talk About Expected Flood Of Halloween Visitors To Isla Vista

Mon, October 21, 2013

It’s a massive annual unsponsored, unplanned party in Isla Vista which occurs around Halloween every year, bringing tens of thousands of visitors, and big headaches for public safety officials. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department mobilizes extra officers, and emergency medial aid stations are set up to deal the situation. The City of Goleta will Read the Rest…


Body Of Missing San Luis Obispo County Man Found

Mon, October 21, 2013

The body of an elderly San Luis Obispo County man who disappeared last week has been found near his home. Search and Rescue teams found the body of Wilmar Tognazzini near his Morro Bay home yesterday.  He had been reported missing on Thursday. There were no signs of foul play, but the coroner’s office has Read the Rest…


National Holocaust Museum Researcher To Talk In Santa Barbara Tonight About Infamous Trip By Refugee Ship

Mon, October 21, 2013

A researcher from the National Holocaust Museum is going to be on the South Coast tonight, to speak about his study of an infamous, but almost forgotten incident in which the U.S. turned away a boatload of refugees from Nazi Germany. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Voyage Read the Rest…


Author Of Literary Classic About War Set To Speak In Santa Barbara As Part Of Community Reading Program

Sun, October 20, 2013

There’s really no way to prepare for the horrors of war, and when soldiers return home, they are often changed forever. Author, and Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien looked at that subject in the 1990 bestseller “The Things They Carried.” It’s a collection of stories about a platoon of soldiers who fought in Vietnam, and how Read the Rest…


Firefighter Injured Battling Manure Fire In Ventura

Sat, October 19, 2013

A firefighter suffered a leg injury in the efforts to put out a manure pile fire which started on Wednesday in Ventura. Word of the injury came as firefighters say they contained the acre and a half blaze on the 4400 block of Olivas Park Drive yesterday.  Firefighters worked to separate the pile, which was Read the Rest…


New Solar Panel System To Help Power Water, Wasterwater Facilities Serving Parts of Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Fri, October 18, 2013

Work officially started today on a solar power system which will meet much of the needs for a wastewater treatment facility serving parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. The Las Virgenes-Triunfo Joint Powers Authority Solar Power Facility will generate one megawatt of power for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, and the Triunfo Sanitation Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested On Forgery, Theft, And Drug Charges

Fri, October 18, 2013

A Ventura County man is under investigation for arson, and is facing theft, and forgery charges. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 300 block of East Ojai Avenue yesterday morning, by reports of an explosion in a dumpster, and a suspicious man in the area around the time of the blast. Based on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Stand Down Event For Veterans Set For This Weekend

Fri, October 18, 2013

An event designed to help Central Coast veterans dealing with issues like homelessness, and addiction is set to take place this weekend. The Santa Barbara County Veterans Stand Down 2013 will happen tomorrow, at the Santa Maria Fairpark. There will be health, legal, and social services groups on hand, to offer assistance to veterans, as Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Burglarizing Ventura County Store Where Authorities Say He Was Living

Fri, October 18, 2013

Authorities say a burglary in Ventura County may have been a true inside job, with the man actually living in the Simi Valley store  he robbed. Simi Valley Police were called to the Pavillion’s supermarket on the 2900 block of Tapo Canyon Road around 10 last night, by reports of a possible burglary.  Officers spotted Read the Rest…


Jail Escapee Recaptured In Ventura County

Fri, October 18, 2013

A man being transferred to a Ventura County jail facility is back in custody, after he escaped last night, and was the focus of a 12 hour long search. Raynel Rios was being delivered to the county’s Todd Road jail around 5 last night when he managed to get out of the vehicle, and slip Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office Says Fatal Shooting Of Santa Maria Man Armed With Pruning Shears Justified

Fri, October 18, 2013

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say the investigation of the January, 2013 shooting death of a Central Coast man charging at police officers with pruning shears was justified. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Guzman Shooting


Major Change In Leadership Underway In Santa Barbara County

Fri, October 18, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s top appointed official took part in her last County Board of Supervisors meeting this week, after not having her contract renewed. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a big change in leadership for the county is underway. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SB County CEO Change


Man Killed When Car Plunges Into Canyon In Ventura County Identified

Thu, October 17, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man killed when his car plunged off a windy canyon road in Ventura County. Juan Serrato died at around seven last night, when his car went offer the side of Grimes Canyon Road, between Moorpark and Fillmore, and fell into a canyon. The Oxnard man was thrown from the vehicle, Read the Rest…


Mulch Fire In Ventura County Could Burn For Days Still

Thu, October 17, 2013

The stinky mulch fire that’s been burning in Ventura County could be around for a few days still. The fire was discovered at around 7:30 Wednesday morning, at a closed mushroom farm on the 4400 block of Olivas Park Drive, in Ventura. The mulch is 10-15 feet deep in areas, and water dumped on top Read the Rest…


CHP Says Driver Who Lost Control Of Vehicle In Lompoc, Hitting Trees And Parked Cars Had Stroke

Thu, October 17, 2013

The CHP says driver of a car which hit a mail box, two trees, and two parked cars on the Central Coast apparently had a stroke before the crash. George Yoshitake was traveling northbound on Constellation Road near Aldebaran Avenue in Lompoc, when he lost control of his car, and crashed just before six last Read the Rest…


Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Units Now Running At 100% Again

Thu, October 17, 2013

The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 1 reactor  is now up and running at full capacity. The plant cut the power output from the reactor to 50% earlier this week, to help facilitate repairs with a pump on the non-nuclear side of the plant. The Unit 2 reactor at the San Luis Obispo County Read the Rest…


Founding President Of College In Ventura County Dies

Thu, October 17, 2013

A philosophy professor from the Bay Area was offered the chance of a lifetime…to be president of a new college in Ventura County. The only problem was the new school didn’t have money, a campus, or students.  Still, Dr. Ronald McArthur accepted the challenge, and in 1970, became the founding President of Thomas Aquinas College.  Read the Rest…


More Than 140 Bales Of Marijuana Seized In Breakup Of Smuggling Operation On Central Coast

Thu, October 17, 2013

A drug smuggling operation broken up on the Central Coast has turned out to have been a large scale operation. Authorities arrested 18 people yesterday, following reports of a panga boat landing on a beach in San Luis Obispo County, near San Simeon. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department’s now says they seized 144 Read the Rest…


Malfunctioning Fireworks Blamed For Simi Valley Accident Which Injured 28

Thu, October 17, 2013

The State Fire Marshal’s office says its investigation of a Fourth of July fireworks display accident which injured 28 people in Simi Valley shows that a malfunctioning shell triggered a chain reaction of accidental blasts. The accident happened during the Rotary Club of Simi Valley’s annual show at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park.  The Fire Read the Rest…


Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Offering Free Admission This Morning To Celebrate Reopening After End Of Federal Government Shutdown

Thu, October 17, 2013

The end of the federal government shutdown means that a popular library in Ventura County will be reopening to the public. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is reopening all of its doors to the public for the first time since October 1st. Since the shutdown, most of the complex has been closed, except for the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Gets 145 Year Prison Sentence For Child Molestation

Thu, October 17, 2013

A Santa Barbara man who detectives say admitted molesting a young girl as payback for his molestation as a child has been sentenced to 145 years in prison. Jose Vazquez Prestegui was sentenced this week for his conviction on nine sexual assault charges involving two young girls, including his stepdaughter. Prosecutors say the 40 year Read the Rest…


African American Groups Upset With Hiring, Programming At Some Commercial Radio Stations In Ventura County

Thu, October 17, 2013

A coalition of community groups says some commercial radio stations in Ventura County aren’t doing enough to serve the African -American, and other minority communities in the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the groups say they’ve filed complaints with Federal Communication Commission in conjunction with the license renewals for ten stations in the county. Click Read the Rest…


Environmental Group Says It Has Documented More Than 15 Cases Of Offshore Oil Fracking In Santa Barbara Channel

Wed, October 16, 2013

A just released report by an environmental group says they’ve been able to document at least 15 incidents of the controversial process of fracking from offshore oil, and gas platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  EDC Fracking Report


18 Arrested For Drug Smuggling On Central Coast

Wed, October 16, 2013

18 people are in custody, after authorities say the broke up a major drug smuggling operation on the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the San Simeon area at about one a.m. today, after receiving reports there might be a panga boat in the area. They spotted a suspicious looking Read the Rest…


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